Let nature offer respite from life’s everyday stressors. Enjoy fresh air, or simply take in the sunlight in spaces that present the best of indoor-outdoor living.
The swing seating and coffee table, both from the prior owners, provide a delightful gathering area. Designer Jill Mitchell topped the swings with pillows in shades of blue and white to reflect the surrounding skies.
Weather-resistant ipe wood floors lay the foundation for a porch conversation group featuring Lee Jofa sofas from Serena & Lily and Perennials outdoor textiles on both custom pillows and a lampshade fabricated by Lamp Arts, Inc. Accordion-style folding doors by Sierra Pacific connect the space to the living room as motorized screens keep bugs at bay and a Haiku ceiling fan by Big Ass Fans circulates a breeze.
An outdoor seating area off the living room boasts a fireplace wall clad in native Florida coral stone. The lounge chairs and coffee table by Gloster sit atop a woven rubber rug by Kettal, which designer Ellen Hanson complemented with accent pillows made with Perennials’ Paintbox in Blueberry.
A chandelier from Mecox and Visual Comfort & Co. sconces illuminate the loggia. The sectional and chairs, all of which have Sunbrella fabric, are from Judith Norman. A cocktail table from Kakar House of Design and a Michael Dawkins ottoman round out the furnishings atop the old Chicago brick flooring.
POP THE BUBBLY
A rattan Serena & Lily daybed and a pair of found chairs, which the designer had powder-coated, form an inviting seating area on a patio centered around a fire feature. Designer Milena Sefferovich turned to the fabric library at her shop, Heirloom, for the graphic black-and-white coverings on the cushions.
Vintage Ficks Reed bamboo sofas and club chairs compose the screen porch seating. Pillows of Peter Dunham’s Fig Leaf print impart playfulness alongside Konstantin Kakanias’s Paradise Lost design for Templeton. A vintage iron armillary from Charleston Gardenworks holds center court atop a brass tray table inherited from designer Alexandra Howard’s grandmother while an antique terrarium houses the family’s orchid collection beyond.
A bold indoor-outdoor flatweave rug by Emily & Meritt for Pottery Barn is centered on the screened porch’s limestone floors. The sofa, which the client describes as “so, so comfortable,” is by Lee Industries. Landscape designer Rudy Magnani worked closely with the homeowner on his outdoor planning. “Her eye was unfailing,” he says. Magnani referenced the European-style architecture by employing a uniform palette and simple forms.
CUE THE COLOR
“We wanted spaces within spaces,” architect Phillip Liederbach says of the sun room. Vibrant pillows, an antique rug from Rouzati Rugs and Surya ottomans pop against the custom banquette’s tufted linen and velvet Perennials fabrics in warm gray hues.
“A summer house isn’t complete without a screen porch,” says designer Bruce Fox. The vintage sofa and 1940s rocking chair are from Trilogy Antiques + Design in Three Oaks, Michigan. Teak coffee and dining tables, by RH and Kingsley Bate respectively, contribute to the relaxing space, which overlooks Lake Michigan.
MAKE A SPLASH
“It’s really calming,” designer Andrea Goldman says of the back porch, with its view of the pool and the much-appreciated privacy backdrop of mature trees. “Except for the winter months, the family is out there all the time.” The space features a fireplace, lounge seating and an eating area where meals are enjoyed around the RH table.
Designer Brittany Bromley used the home’s covered bluestone patio to create an outdoor room with a European vibe. Surrounded by Belgian urns and abundant greenery, an antique wood trestle table with Provençal-style wicker chairs provides a place for alfresco meals. The sunburst mirror and Italian Oluce sconces are from Avantgarden in Pound Ridge.
MADE IN THE SHADE
A pair of Harbour Outdoor’s Breeze XL sofas, upholstered in Sunbrella’s Birds Eye canvas, and Hayman coffee table gather on the loggia of a Miami home by interior designer Bea Pila. “The patio is designed to be perfectly in line with the pool to create a symmetrical and attractive vista of the natural world,” she says, pointing to the grounds by landscape architect Orlando Comas.
On the back patio of the home, constructed by builder Ben Bailey, chairs by Teak Warehouse with Sunbrella fabric-covered cushions and Kelly Wearstler throw pillows welcome conversation around a stucco fireplace. Texas Lightsmith crafted brass sconces designed by Seiders that frame the door. Metal-base dining chairs, also by Teak Warehouse, surround a cast-concrete dining table
Sheer Roman shades in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric with Rose Tarlow Melrose House trim grace the sun room windows. The custom sectional is in a Glant linen; the custom ottoman’s top is stitched in a pattern that matches its diamond-shaped wood base. Adding a whimsical touch is the sconce from Coup D’Etat in San Francisco.
PRETTY IN PASTELS
Olive Leaf dual-mount chandeliers from Shades of Light line the sun room ceiling. Louis XVI armchairs from Country French Interiors in Schumacher’s blush-tone Garden of Persia fabric counter the blue-and-white palette: a lamp from Nick Brock Antiques, Mandeville draperies from Schumacher’s Timothy Corrigan Collection and the sofa in Villa Nova’s Atlantis Glacier material from Culp Associates.